Review of Bounhome Guesthouse in Sam Nuea


Where We Slept is our hotel roundup from our time on the road. We hope it helps budget travelers see how far their dollar can go--even though sometimes, it's not far enough!

It's difficult to get to Vieng Xai in one day from Phonsavan, so most people end up staying in Sam Neau.

a blast wall in front of the cave entrance

The place is full of similar Soviet-like hotels on the riverfront, so just pick one. We ended up at Bounhome. It was 80,000K/night and they weren't willing to budge on price. The shower sucked, but they did have free Nespresso.

TIP: This area of the country is COLD

If you're leaving your big bag in Phonsavan, make sure you bring a jacket and long pants in your day pack. If you're planning to motorbike, bring a scarf.

More on the Secret War

See more photos of the caves the Pathet Lao lived in during the Secret War. You may also be interested in reading about Phonsavan, where many people are still affected by UXOs from the Secret War.

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